By Patrick Kinyua.
The four-day Construction Project Management program (CPM) which took place at Strathmore Business School began on 11th June 2012 and brought together professionals and stakeholders from the construction industry such as real estate investors, quantity surveyors, architects, engineers, contractors and building designers. The program focused on helping professionals particularly project managers and developers incorporate entrepreneurial process to their construction management activities to achieve profitable success. It used the completed Strathmore project as an example of a profitable project whereby the Project Management Team managed to save over 45% of the quoted rates at the time of the tender. The seminar also provided a platform for networking with other stakeholders in the industry through learning best experiences which will improve the output and save on resources during construction projects. The discussion topics included procurement, contracting, financial monitoring and management team selection.
Speaking during the seminar, Laban Ronoh, Head of Administration & Facilities Management at Chase Bank and an alumnus of the CPM program emphasized on the benefits accrued to his company as a result of knowledge acquire during the seminar. Chase Bank saved 58% by applying the principles. The seminar also covered new trends in the industry such as the use of building information modeling and green certifications.
CPM focuses on the aspects that have the most impact on a projects success from the conceptual design to the actual commissioning. It is specifically designed to provide the skills and knowledge that will help one get more done. Facilitators for the program were the course leader, Raul Figueroa- the Project Manager and head of Strathmore University acclaimed expansion. Rauls areas of expertise include high performance team building, procurement, negotiations, technology transfer and re-engineering. Raul is currently a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University studying Engineering and Public Policy. Amarjit Singh Virdi- lecturer and mentor with qualifications in Electronics Engineer from Birmingham University. He has been working for the last 18 years as a Building Contractor and Project Manager.
CPM is geared to help you incorporate the entrepreneurial process to your Construction Management activities to achieve profitable success. It focuses on the aspects that have the most impact on a projects success from conceptual design to commissioning and is designed to provide the skills and knowledge that will help you get more done.
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